Alicia Keys rocks a new “edgy” look as she shows up on the cover of Vibe Magazine’s April/May 2012 issue.

In the interview for Vibe’s “2nd Annual Global Issue,” the R&B singer/songwriter sits down with her husband Swizz Beatz and the two discuss how they became soul mates.

Check out the excerpt below:

“It was the craziest thing,” says Dean, leaning forward in his chair. “We had a work lunch with some people, and I get home and look in the back pocket — My credit card was in his pocket,” Keys ?nishes the story, eyes wide. “Why was my credit card in his pocket?”

One explanation might be that he’d grabbed it by accident when they split the check, but that would be too prosaic. They saw the credit card debacle as a sign, the ?rst of many. Well, second, if you count the time, 14 years ago, when they ?rst met and Dean tried unsuccessfully to get her number from his friend. “It wasn’t our time yet,” he says with a smile.

Maybe it’s the swanky lighting, the buzz from the booze or simply the glow thattends to bounce off of famous people, but now de?nitely seems to be their time. And hers, especially. At 31, Keys is among the best-selling recording artists of all time. She’s released ?ve albums, won 14 Grammys and sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

She’s now working on her sixth album, and yet she appears relaxed, approachable, easy-breezy. Of course, she’s sort of always seemed that way, even all the way back in 2001, when she was a new artist with plenty of Harlem swag (Keys’ roots are from Hell’s Kitchen, N.Y.) promoting her ?rst album, Songs in A Minor. But let her tell it and this is the ?rst time in her life when she feels comfortable in her own skin. It’s the pay off, she says, for making dif?cult choices, personally and professionally.

“Let’s just say I’ve been very uncomfortable,” she’d said a few days earlier, curled up on a squishy red sofa in a recording studio. “I’ve been brave enough to be uncomfortable.”


Check out another hot shot of Keys from the issue (courtesy of YBF) below:

And be sure to look out for the full issue when it hits newsstands on April 16th!

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